Accident round-up : 20th December 2016

Ultra large container ship MSC Regulus collided on Sunday with fishing vessel Don Gerardo II off the Zorritos district coast, Peru. The container carrier was en route from Callao, Peru to Lazaro Cardenas, Mexico, when she was crossed by a small fishing boat with 23 people on board. Following the collision five passengers died, twelve were recovered, injured, from the water, while six remain missing. MSC Regulus went adrift near the collision site and reported the accident to the local authorities. All the injured were taken to hospital and are reported to be in a stable condition. MSC Regulus is 140,951dwt and 141,635grt. According to database, Panama-flagged MSC Regulus is covered by UK P&I Club.

Capesize Citius was reported to have been in difficulty on the Seine meander between Le Havre and Rouen since 11.00 local time December 17th, while proceeding upstream. The vessel appears to have suffered some mechanical failure, making it impossible to handle safely in the river narrows. As of 16.30 local time Citius was in the same position, possibly grounded, with at least four tugs at her side. According to database, Citius is covered by Gard P&I through owner/manager/agent Fowey Holdings Corp.

Container ship Hong Yuan 02 ran aground on a reef west of Small Huanglong Island, north of Zhoushan, early on December 16th, while en route from Jingtang to Humen, China. The vessel was holed in the bow and developed a head tilt and starboard list, creating a risk for the 864 teu and 68 feu containers on board. By the morning of December 18th some containers had been offloaded to barges. Salvage is understood still to be underway, with water ingress under control and the list decreasing. No details of vessel in P&I databases.

General cargo vessel Shizhnya ran aground at 51.1km on the Volga-Caspian Sea Canal on the morning of December 18th while passing a one-way traffic leg, en route to Amirabad, Iran. As of 08.00 local time Monday morning the vessel was still aground. According to database, Shizhnya is covered by West of England Club through owner LLC Afina. Yesterday IMN reported Patris running aground only a few hundred metres away – possibly the cause of the one-way traffic leg.

Boxship Mol Brilliance collided with coastal container barge Cai Mep 28 on December 17th on the Cai Mep river while leaving Phu My, Vung Tau, Vietnam, with a pilot on board. It struck the barge with its bow reportedly causing the grounding of the barge (possibly to avoid sinking) and some damage. The bulbous nose of the Mol Brilliance was damaged and the vessel was brought to anchor on Go Gia anchorage. According to P&I database, Hong Kong-flagged Mol Brilliance is covered by Swedish Club through owner Intermodal V Ltd.